by Marcus at the Movies
12:26 AM AKDT, October 1, 2010
The long-awaited “Wall Street” sequel, “Money Never Sleeps,” is now playing in theaters -- and analyst Marcus gives the movie's stock a rating of strong buy. The film, rated PG-13, stars Michael Douglas, Shia LaBeouf and Josh Brolin.
Douglas reprises his role as the infamous Gordon Gekko. He's out of prison, and has a new life and a new son-in-law.
“So what about money, Jake? You like her?”
“Do I like...? I've never thought about money as a she.”
“Oh, she lies there in bed at night with you, with one eye open. Money never sleeps.”
I think the corollary to the sequel’s title is that if money is as important to you as it is to these guys, you never sleep. I've been waiting for this film for months, and even though it’s different than I expected, it was well worth the wait.
Instead of being thrust into the action of the trading floor and on the phone with brokers and hedge-fund owners, director Oliver Stone leaves you on the outside, looking at the personal lives of the main characters.
Jake Moore, played by LaBeouf, is married to Gekko's estranged daughter, and wants to meet him. But although Jake works on Wall Street, he’s a strong believer in alternative energy and donates hundreds of thousands of dollars to a research project. He seeks out Gekko to get him together with his daughter, who is the film’s catalyst.
Oddly, this time around old Gordo isn’t the villain. He’s been replaced in that role by a guy in a similar position, played by Josh Brolin.
“You know, I saw you on TV last night -- you are quite the bear.”
If you're a fan of CNBC, you'll see familiar faces like Sue Herera, Melissa Lee, Maria Bartiromo and Jim Cramer. “Wall Street” has a supporting cast which includes Frank Langella and Susan Sarandon as Jake’s mom, a real-estate agent who continually borrows money from her son in a sinking housing market. There’s even an appearance by Eli Wallach, the ugly in “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.”
As you might expect, the relationship between Jake and his wife, played by Carey Mulligan, follows a downward trend.
“I'll make it up to you, and promise I'll get the money back.”
“I don't care about the money, Jake; it's not about the money. This is about you and me, and we're not good anymore.”
Add this to your movie portfolio: it's good, and so are the Gekkoisms. Punchy phrases like “It’s easy to get in, hard to get out” and “Money's not the prime asset, time is” replace original Gekko slogans like “Greed is good” and “Lunch is for wimps.”
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